“Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.” Galatians 6:1 My friend had been given the dirty work. She had been called to wash my feet. I keep my feet relatively clean thanks to bathing and socks, but daily as I learn to walk with the Lord I still find myself getting my feet dirty by walking in places – and ways – I should not walk. Have you ever noticed you can get your feet dirty and not even see because you keep on walking and don’t take the time and care to look and clean them up when they need it before you…

“Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.” Psalm 119:18 So often it seems I’ve heard people say they don’t like the Old Testament. So many people seem to stay away from it outside of perhaps hearing a sermon on it. So few people it seems dive deep into it of their own volition. I was the exact same way until the Holy Spirit got a hold of me and took me diving down deep into its endless infinitely precious treasures. Now I LOVE the Old Testament. Some people may think I love it because I’m a 100% Jewish Christ follower and that it’s a history of my people. Assuredly I treasure my people’s history. But there are 5 reasons I love the Old…

 “And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.”Acts 2:46-47 “You definitely should try that church,” I overheard a woman tell her customer. “You can come as you are, and you can dress however you like!” she exclaimed. There was no mention of God and the Bible, or of the pastor and his teaching. Days before, a young woman not long before released from prison was sharing with me her excitement about getting on the right track with God. When I asked whether she was attending a church, and offered…

“Thou shalt fear the LORD thy God; him shalt thou serve, and to him shalt thou cleave, and swear by his name.” Deut. 10:20 Angels don’t always have wings – in my experience anyway. Somehow lots of us humans decided all angels fly in the sky like airplanes and have great big, magnificent wings that whir in the wind and drop down bouquets of blessings from above. Strong’s concordance says the Hebrew and Greek words translated into angel also can be described as “messenger”. If angels are messengers from God, in my experience they don’t always fly around with wings to deliver their messages. Sometimes they fly around in wheelchairs, and sometimes the message they deliver is the same one they need to hear. Like this one. When an 80-year-old…

 “Ye shall observe to do therefore as the LORD your God hath commanded you: ye shall not turn aside to the right hand or to the left.” Deut. 5:32 When the Spirit of God told me while I was driving one day to STOP VEERING, I knew immediately what God was telling me. I knew instantly He was not talking to me about my driving. And I knew almost right away that His message to me was for others also. Maybe even you. I had been driving for decades by then, and I knew plenty about the danger of veering. Though I had rarely used the word over the years, I had total clarity about the meaning of it – and of its danger. I also knew by the Spirit…

“In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. And the same John had his raiment of camel’s hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey. Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judaea, and all the region round about Jordan, And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins.” Matthew 3:1-6 Don’t miss the message God might be sending you because you’re too quick to wave aside the messenger because of…

“And he [Jesus] entered into one of the ships, which was Simon’s, and prayed him that he would thrust out a little from the land. And he sat down, and taught the people out of the ship. Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught. And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net. And when they had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake… And Jesus said unto Simon, Fear not; from henceforth thou shalt catch men. And when they had brought their ships to land, they forsook all, and…

“A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.” Proverbs 16:9 “Sit down and write,” the Lord spoke firmly into my heart. It was still dark, and I had been up for several hours. I could have easily gone back to bed, but I had the sense there was something I needed to do. I had a plan of course, like I usually do. I was walking around my room. I had already bathed and dressed. I was headed to my prayer room to spend more time with the Lord as I had done at 3:30 am. It was now almost 5:30 am. But God had another plan – and reminder. When God’s Spirit told me to sit down and write, I didn’t sit down right away.…

 “And the hand of the LORD was there upon me; and he said unto me, Arise, go forth into the plain, and I will there talk with thee. Then I arose, and went forth into the plain: and, behold, the glory of the LORD stood there, as the glory which I saw by the river of Chebar: and I fell on my face. Then the spirit entered into me, and set me upon my feet, and spake with me, and said unto me,…” Ezekiel 3:22-24 If you’re living for the mountain-top experiences in life, you might be missing something indescribably greater. The Lord told the prophet Ezekiel four things. Arise. Go forth. Into the plain. And I will there talk with thee. Don’t miss the message, my…

“Thine eyes shall see the king in his beauty: they shall behold the land that is very far off.” Isaiah 33:17    I want to tell the world how beautiful you are, I told the Lord one night. If only the world knew. It’s my heart’s cry. If only the world understood. If the world would take the time. If the world would listen. If the world knew of your beauty, oh Lord. Why doesn’t the world see?  I cry to the Lord sometimes, or I sing to Him. Why doesn’t the world know of your glory? Or see your grace? Why would the world rather spend forever in hell and the lake of fire instead of follow you Jesus? Doesn’t the world see? How can it not understand? Doesn’t…

“And Jonah began to enter into the city a day’s journey, and he cried, and said, Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown. So the people of Nineveh believed God, and proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them even to the least of them. For word came unto the king of Nineveh, and he arose from his throne, and he laid his robe from him, and covered him with sackcloth, and sat in ashes. And he caused it to be proclaimed and published through Nineveh by the decree of the king and his nobles, saying, Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste any thing: let them not feed, nor drink water: But let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and cry…

“But he  [Jesus]  said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep [obey per Strong’s concordance] it.” Luke 11:28 words in brackets added Still groggy from a much needed nap, I knelt briefly on the cool swimming pool-blue colored, epoxy-stained floor of my prayer room in a few words of worship to the Lord, thanking Him for a beautiful day thus far following a few days that weren’t some of my favorites. He had used a trio of sisters in the Lord to minister to me His love and words of prayer and encouragement the day before to pull me up out of where I had slipped back some into a little pit and had led me gently and mercifully into a new day.…

“…he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.” Psalm 23:3 “Mercy, you’re not going to fit through the dog door in your wheelchair!” I exclaimed to the ministry’s paralyzed dog Miss Mercy as I led her outside so we could walk together. She was so excited for us to go on our walk together in the beautiful sunshine-y day that she had poked her sweet little head through the flap of the dog door used by some of the ministry’s other dogs so she could get outside on our walk as quickly as possible. Of course this wouldn’t work. She needed my help. Instead of trying to push through a dog door she would never fit through or get to the other side of the door…

“Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” Rev. 3:20 Some of you may be familiar with this well known, fairly often quoted scripture in the Bible. But perhaps you have missed what I did for years. For the more I chase after the Lord, the more I seek His face and study His Word, the deeper He takes me in knowing Him, in loving Him, in understanding His Word, in being convicted by His Spirit about my ever need for repentance, and the more desirous I become to please and revere Him, to love, adore, honor, and obey Him, to be conformed to His…

! “For Jerusalem is ruined, and Judah is fallen: because their tongue and their doings are against the LORD, to provoke the eyes of his glory. The shew of their countenance doth witness against them; and they declare their sin as Sodom, they hide it not. Woe unto their soul! for they have rewarded evil unto themselves. Say ye to the righteous, that it shall be well with him: for they shall eat the fruit of their doings. Woe unto the wicked! it shall be ill with him: for the reward of his hands shall be given him. As for my people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them. O my people, they which lead thee cause thee to err, and destroy the way…

“And [Jesus] said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.” Luke 24:46-47 [Jesus] added to clarify     I have met few people as desperate as I was for decades to feel loved, accepted, approved of, validated, and affirmed by this world. The last thing in the world that elicits the world’s love and acceptance is preaching to the world near and far, to loved ones and strangers alike, that the only way to a relationship with God now and forever in heaven instead of eternity in hell and the lake of fire…

“…Go, set a watchman, let him declare what he seeth.” Isaiah 6:21 Is God warning you? Has He been warning you? Is there something you are doing you know He wants you to stop doing? Or something you are refusing to do though you know in your heart He wants you to do it? Has God sent you a messenger with a warning about something, or someone, He wants you to let go, but you have shoved the message aside – and maybe pushed away the messenger also? Are you holding your hands over your ears pretending not to hear Him though you know His Spirit has been speaking strongly to your heart? Are you holding your fingers over your ears, peeking out only every so…

“Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,…” 2 Tim. 1:9 “I truly admire people who know and understanding their calling!!” a woman wrote me one day. Little did she know it took me decades to get to this place, and how lost and broken I was as I wandered around without any clear sense of direction. My sense of calling and purpose is stronger than imaginable now, but the truth is I didn’t know the way to get to where I am today. I couldn’t find the way here, and I thought it was impossible for someone as…

“For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” 1 Corinthians 6:20 I never planned to give up a decades-long on-and-off again life-threatening eating disorder. After all, in my estimate anyway, it served me well. It “loved me”, “accepted me”, “was always there for me”, gave me “comfort,” “never rejected me”, made me feel high and in control, numbed my pain, buried my troubles, made me feel “safe,” was my “hiding place,” served as my “refuge,” kept me company. It was my “god.” The “god”, mind you, that was KILLING me. I foolishly believed it offered me what only Jesus Christ can. Whether I was bingeing on massive amounts of sugar, compulsively overeating, thinking…

“And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.” Col. 3:17 One day I found myself on my knees seeking God about whether I should go to a specific place that day for a service. I sensed He did not want me to go. I kept seeking Him. I still sensed He didn’t want me to go. I was disappointed because I had thought I might enjoy going. Minutes later, still seeking Him, I sensed He wanted me to go. How flustered and confused I was! I knew the devil creates confusion, not God, and I knew I can create confusion when my flesh rises up against God.…

   “But where are thy gods that thou hast made thee? let them arise, if they can save thee in the time of thy trouble: for according to the number of thy cities are thy gods, O Judah.” Jeremiah 2:28    “Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God…” Exodus 20:3-5     If we are honest with ourselves, how many of us have in the past, or are right…

Don’t Look the Other Way “Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty:” Job 5:17 When God convicts you, don’t look the other way. When He chastens you, don’t turn in the other direction. When He makes it abundantly clear you are faced in the wrong direction, don’t run from Him. Turn around and run to Him. Some of us have it all wrong when it comes to God’s conviction and chastening. God doesn’t tell us what we are doing wrong because He hates us. He does it because He loves us. How foolish we are when we run away from Him into the tantalizing, tempting, whorish arms of the ways of this wicked, selfish, perishing world that is headed straight…

“And he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath. And, behold, there was a woman which had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed together, and could in no wise lift up herself. And when Jesus saw her, he called her to him, and said unto her, Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity. And he laid his hands on her: and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God.” Luke 13:10-13 Can you imagine being relatively young and vibrant and being so crippled and disabled with weakness, sickness, pain, and disease that your body is literally stuck in a downward position whereby you can’t lift yourself up or look upward – for years? I know of an…

The Ass’s Jawbone “…and the Spirit of the LORD came mightily upon him, and the cords that were upon his arms became as flax that was burnt with fire, and his bands loosed from off his hands. And he found a new jawbone of an ass, and put forth his hand, and took it, and slew a thousand men therewith. And Samson said, With the jawbone of an ass, heaps upon heaps, with the jaw of an ass have I slain a thousand men. And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking, that he cast away the jawbone out of his hand, and called that place Ramathlehi. And he was sore athirst, and called on the LORD, and said, Thou hast given this great deliverance…

“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9 Hit by two cars on the same day on the highway in front of the gas station where she had been dumped along with a sibling pup. She adamantly, blatantly, emphatically, rebelliously refused to be rescued – under any circumstances. Her broken femur, the winter cold, living in the woods made no difference. She would NOT trust ANYONE. No way. For six weeks, she ran at high speeds on her broken leg – close enough to people at the gas station to get food, then as fast as possible into the woods to escape rescue.…

But God I Don’t Want to “Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.” Psalm 100:2 The phone rang. I was busy. I glanced at the number of the person calling. I didn’t pick up. Here we go again. Years of this. In and out of my life. Sometimes like a raging tornado. Other times quietly. Often a nightmare. Always disappearing. Weaving in and out of my life. Heartache. How long had I dealt with this? How much more? Six words came to me. Prompted by God’s Spirit. I am a servant of God. For years, in my mind, the situation had been all about me. About my discomfort, my heart, my feelings, my hurt, what I wanted, what I needed, me, me, me. God was reminding…

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” Romans 12:1-2     “I’m totally willing to sacrifice for others,” a man with whom I had crossed paths through the years told me one day. He was undoubtedly and undeniably an incredibly loving, compassionate, passionate, and caring man who exuded confidence and warmth in his profession helping people in a certain capacity. But there was a catch in how he defined sacrifice  that resulted from what he believed – and from…

 “Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?” Romans 6:16    Sunday morning. Driving home from church. A good distance away not because there aren’t plenty of churches close by. Because God sent me there to be among the homeless and others in need. Not to be served. To serve. Walking with the Lord isn’t about comfort, ease, and what’s close by. It’s about going the distance in love and obedience to God. I don’t sit still for long. So as I drive the 40 minutes or so, my eyes shift around the road as I go home to spend the Sabbath afternoon resting, still…

   “Rivers of waters run down mine eyes, because they keep not thy law.” Psalm 119:136    “I beheld the transgressors, and was grieved; because they kept not thy word.” Psalm 119:156     I know grief intimately. Up close and personal. How gut wrenching, heartbreaking, unfathomably hard, how awful, unwelcome, debilitating it is. I once called it the “grief monster.” What a vehement, unrelenting, fiery, consuming rampage it has taken on my life – so many times. How many times it took me under the waters of tears and torment, of the breath-stealing, suffocating, too heavy weight of thoughts and feelings like I’ll-never-making-it-through-this, I-can’t-get-enough-air, the-depression-is-going-to-kill-me, where-has-hope-gone, oh-help-me, struggling to come up for air, only to find the next wave of it comes harder than the last. Raging,…

“For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. But if I live in the flesh, this is the fruit of my labour: yet what I shall choose I wot not. For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better: Nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you. And having this confidence, I know that I shall abide and continue with you all for your furtherance and joy of faith…” Philippians 1:21-25   My Dad, a retired doctor who spent decades working endlessly and tirelessly and passionately to help people with chronic, debilitating, life-threatening, and, ultimately, deadly disease and who had an amazing reputation in the work…

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